The Search for the Perfect Afternoon Tea : Devonshire Arms

Hi All,

I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon with my best friend Hannah. The search for the perfect afternoon tea continued at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey. And what a perfect location to sit, chatter and drink tea!

Our reservation was at 3:15pm and we were welcomed by all the staff in the reception and escorted to the Burlington Resturant. Which is just beautiful, the conservatory over looking the gardens is magical. 
We have both visited the hotel before but never realised how beautiful it really was. 
We agreed we both felt a little out of place when we arrived being that it’s rather posh. But once settled that soon passed and it was like we were regulars.

Let’s talk food; 
Sandwiches – we both really enjoyed them to say we both aren’t in to sandwiches. The savoury cheese had Chive which isn’t advertised so was a lovely surprise. 
The salmon was lush, and the coronation chicken, because it tasted as though the chicken had been roasted and then added to the sauce.
We didn’t eat the egg mayo as we just don’t like the consistency. The cucumber was odd, we both agreed we weren’t sure what the making of a good cucumber sandwich is. 

Scones – Tasty, thick clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam. I enjoyed raspberry as I’m allergic to Strawberries.
Fruit scones were better than the plain- sorry but that’s the case everywhere.

The sweets – Lemon Merguine pie – I thought the curd was a little too runny, but delicious. And so cute.
Rubarb and white chocolate macaroon- amazing, not sharp which was surprising for Rubarb.
Pistachio choux – exceeded expectations as we both are big fans of pistachio and they just looked like a Christmas ball.
Carrot cake – I took home as even though they were just so cute, I was too full. But Jimbob said they were delicious!!!

To go along with our tea we had Elderflower bubbly(non alcoholic) so refreshing and such a good choice.

We were both really impressed with the whole experience, including the great view from the conservatory where we sat.

The service was smashing, extra clotted cream, asked when we wanted tea bringing. Pointed out I had a strawberry allergy and brought raspberry jam. 

Now there are always a few niggles so I have to point out the flaws aswell as the pros. We were more or less on our own in the dinning room which, as pleasant as that was, more presence from the staff would’ve been appreciated. Now I could be wrong but I think afternoon tea should be unlimited as the affair is something to be savoured not rushed. 

Another point to add was the display stand was better as it had easier access to see and retrieve the goodies.

8 out of 10 

Very traditional afternoon tea, well served on white plates. Lush afternoon. 

King & Queen Date

Me and Jimbob have always said we will make time for each other and our relationship!

And I have to say we have kept to our word…almost 6 years later we are still loved up. 
I’d like to share a few dates I have really enjoyed. 

Trinity Kitchen – 28/03/15

Leeds’ answer to Street Food! This was the most spur of the moment date. So much so I was showered dressed and on a train within an hour. 
We knew we didn’t want fancy, even though we both wore our best coats! 
We decided we would mix it up. 
Starter- Pho – Vietnamese Spring Roll & Meatballs. Honestly these were awesome; I could have had so many meatballs.
Main-Chicago Ribs & The Trinity Pizzeria.
We got some baby back ribs, slaw, fries and ice tea. And a Chorizo pizza which had goats cheese and grapes. Both were delious. There was plenty for two. Especially when one was watching every bite she took
Dessert – (Sorry unable to remember the name) – Ice cream. I surprised James with a chocolate & sea salt brownie sandwich. And I got a scoop of orange pavlova. Delicious!! James said it was the best ice cream he’s had. Sorry Ben & Jerry!
We washed it all down with a couple of beers. But for those wanting to be a bit fancier, there are plenty of cocktails on offer. Worth a try for a relaxed date night!

Champagne Bar – The Resturant Bar & Grill Leeds – 03/05/15

As part of a big day of spending time together, I wanted to share a specific part, a modern 1920s vibe, with you. And mainly to say not all dates need to be long. 
This was one of our stops during the day. We arrived around 5 and after leaving our coats, which is a lovely touch as we both had heavy outdoor ones and holding them isn’t that fun, we headed to the bar. The whole place is lovely, hard wood floor lots of glass. It’s a nice touch that when you enter it’s a floor to celing wall of wine.

We both ordered cocktails, I had a Singapore Sling it was ok very different to how I’ve had it before, but it was still enjoyable to drink. James had something orange/pineapple, it was a random pick for him. But he thought it was alright. One thing we both thought was strange was that they came with olives…never had one in anything other than a martini. Obviously not upmarket enough. We also ordered an Asian Plater at the bar, which was really scrummy. Not sure it was worth the £20 price tag but it was delish. 

I’d give this a go if you’re in the city and looking for away to kill a few hours in lovely surroundings and each other’s company.

Yo! Sushi – 22/06/15

Monday Night, I needed to return something back to Selfridges which was a great excuse to pick up some dinner while we were there. Me and James love Yo! Sushi; it’s such a different way to dine. You can literally make it as cheap as you want. 1 plate and a water, £3.20. Yes, you won’t be full but you can have unlimited water! Me and James generally get chicken noodles, a crispy chicken dish and loads of cold sushi. It’s good fun. It was great to go on a random work night. I love mixing up date night, rather than keeping it to Saturday. After we’d eaten and paid we headed to Costa. I adore lemon ice tea & it would appear James has discovered ice coffee and has a new favouite thing. So we got some drinks to go and headed back on a slow window shop back to the car. Consider a random week day for your next date night.

I hope I have inspired you to go out with your significant other.